Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The ABCs of Oliver

There is nothing so lovely as the ABC song as sung by Oliver. Or Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. At first he just said the words in a haltingly staccato voice, but now he manages a more sing-song delivery and I take such joy in listening to him. Oliver learned both of these songs, and how to count to 10, from watching videos. I used to feel bad about parking Oliver in front of the TV when I needed a break -- or when he needed a break -- but now it appears that so much of his recent language acquisition has come from the TV and so I have been looking for videos that will enhance this. (Curiously though if he was first exposed to an image in the trailer at the end of another video it takes some work on my part to get him to agree to sit through the actual video.) The whole series of Dr. Seuss beginning reader videos have been great because we have also purchased the books that go along with them and one seems to reinforce the other. Since we introduced the ABC book and video Oliver has taken a great interest in the alphabet and can now recite all the way to "V".

Some time ago my mother tried to teach Oliver his ABCs by association: T is for Truck, M is for Mom, etc. So now that he has developed this new interest in letters I hear him calling out random words from time to time: "Truck!" or "Egg!" or "Bear!" For example, if he sees the word "Start" he will call out "Truck! Truck!" It was only after a few days that I realized he was calling out these words when he saw the letters that he recognized. I'm not sure where this interest in letters will lead us but I believe it is a sure sign of abstract thinking.

Also, a fun new development at our house is Oliver's new interest in having his picture taken. In the past it was quite a challenge to get a good picture of our little guy because of his refusal to look at the camera. Last time we tried to get a family photo the photographer nearly gave up and we had to settle for the only one in which Oliver was looking in the general direction of the camera. But last night I pulled out the camera and Oliver actually began posing for photos. Not only that but when I put the camera down he grabbed my hand and shoved it at the camera wanting me to continue taking pictures. I was only too happy to oblige. I will try to post some of the pictures from our photo shoot as soon as I can figure out how to download them!


  1. Andrew does the same thing...if he see's the letter "C", he will say "Cow".

    Both of my boys love the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom DVD...all about the letters of the alphabet. We are able to read along with the book too. Also, now one of Andrew's favorites is the Good Night Moon DVD (also use the book to follow).

    Andrew likes when I take his picture too (sometimes) because he likes to be able to look at himself on the digital camera right away.

    I love hearing about all these great strides Oliver is making!

  2. Henry learned his letters early, and went through a phase where he always wanted us to spell words for him. That interest waned, and I was worried that he wouldn't pick it back up, but he seems to have and is right on track with other kindergarteners, according to his teacher.

    I'm looking forward to seeing some of your photos...

  3. The Baby Bumble Bee video series is great and India gained a LOT of speech with them.

    Pictures, please!!!

  4. I agree that the Baby Bumble Bee videos are great. They teach a variety of words, not just nouns. These videos also use children exclusively to demonstrate. I have to be careful with Alexander because the videos become perservative for him.

  5. We love the same videos in this house too. Adam has recently expanded to Thomas the Train, The Wiggles at times. I am going to take him to see Curious George this weekend!

    As for pics, I am a tech-dummy, so I found a digital camera that I plug directly into my computer and then use the "Hello" tool that blogger offers to get pics online.

    I hope that helps!


  6. Such progress. It is just amazing. Oliver, you should be so very proud of yourself hon!!!!!

  7. yay! pictures! that is adorable! i never really know what fluffy thinks of the camera. he doesn't pose but he doesn't hide and often insists on seeing the pic straight away (ah! the digital age!) and then is quite poker faced. art critic? who knows. hooray for oliver and his abcs!